Ignore KKK

February 22, 2013 in Expressions of Faith, KKK Rally on Holy Saturday?, Question of the Week, Spotlight Answers by Mitzi Minor

Of course the Council must allow the KKK to hold a peaceful rally in our city. The freedoms of speech and assembly in the Bill of Rights mean all our citizens have the right to gather and express themselves. All of us should zealously protect these rights. If only those groups approved by the majority of citizens are allowed to rally, then we have only privileges, not rights. And privileges can be taken away. So, I wholeheartedly endorse their right to a peaceful rally.

And I will wholeheartedly ignore them. Since I am Christian, the day of their rally is Holy Saturday for me. I intend to spend that day as I ordinarily would—with prayers, with family, watching basketball (go Tigers go!), and maybe dyeing Easter eggs. My encouragement to my fellow Memphians is to do the same. Whatever your faith tradition calls you to do on such a day, do it wisely and well. Those of us who are Christian should prepare for our holiest day by giving our attention to what God has done. In a world filled with hate, violence, and death, God has displayed the power of love and life in the resurrection of Jesus. Let us spend the day preparing our hearts to receive the joyful Easter message once again.

If the KKK chooses to spend their day dressed in Halloween costumes and spewing hate-filled, violent words, well, so be it. But let’s not give them one minute of our day. Don’t fight with them, don’t heckle them, indeed don’t be there and don’t watch. Give them no audience, no response at all. Treat the rally as if it cannot affect us, because in fact it cannot unless we allow it.

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Expressions of Faith: Saving Frayser

December 2, 2012 in Expressions of Faith, Featured Rotator by Teri-Hayslett

In Karen Pulfer’s Focht’s latest Expression of Faith video, Pastor Ricky Floyd, from The Pursuit of God Church in Frayser, walks the streets of his declining neighborhood saying prayers. Frayser has some of the highest rates of poverty, crime, teen pregnancy and infant mortality in the Memphis area. However, there are many forces at work to uplift the troubled area.

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Expressions of Faith: Meeting God in Battle

June 29, 2012 in Expressions of Faith, Featured Rotator by Karen Pulfer Focht

Daniel Davidson, a veteran who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, says the trials of life on the front lines brought him closer to God. Here, Davidson reflects upon feeling God’s presence in the still of the night while on guard duty in Afghanistan, as Chaplin Benita Livingston, with the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Memphis, listens to, and prays with him.

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Expressions of Faith: Spirituality in the garden

June 2, 2012 in Expressions of Faith, Featured Rotator by Karen Pulfer Focht

Master gardener, and retired Navy Chaplin, Anne Krekelberg talks about how she finds God in her garden, and how being a good steward of the land is part of her spiritual journey. She is learning to live with the many critters that inhabit her wooded lot in Bartlett. Her home will be on the Third Annual Memphis Area Master Gardner’s tour, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today (Saturday June 2).

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Expressions of Faith: Prayers from the Pub

April 28, 2012 in Expressions of Faith, Featured Rotator by Karen Pulfer Focht

Prayers from the Pub: 2010 International Blues Challenge Champion Grady Champion sings a prayer of thanksgiving while performing at Huey’s. He says his blues is very spiritual and he believes his music touches people spiritually. Champion is one of 22 children. He is singing “Thank You for Giving me the Blues,” a song that has been nominated for Song of the Year for the 2012 Blues Music Awards, which will be May 10th in Memphis.

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Expressions of Faith: An Easter meditation

April 7, 2012 in Expressions of Faith, Featured Rotator by Karen Pulfer Focht

An Easter meditation. Behold, I make all things new! Revelation 21:5 set to photographs, harp and additional scripture from 2 Corinthians: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” 2 Corinthians 5:17

Find these photographs in Sunday’s Viewpoint section, along with ideas about the meaning of Easter from members of our community.

Happy Easter!

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Expressions of Faith: A new day at Morning Grove

March 2, 2012 in Expressions of Faith by Karen Pulfer Focht

Morning Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Cordova, Tenn. started in 1875 as a brush arbor where people worshiped under trees and sat on stumps. Today, the church is located at 9441 Grove Road near Berryhill and Grove Road. Elders reflect on how far their church has come as they celebrate moving into a new building, and Rodney Brown, a church member, give his testimony and sings “You Can’t Hide Sinner, You Can’t Hide.”

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Expressions of Faith: ‘He’s been directing my path’

February 18, 2012 in Expressions of Faith, Featured Rotator by Karen Pulfer Focht

Wayne Jackson of the Memphis Horns, who received a Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award on Feb. 11, talks about his magical journey as a sideman for many of the greatest musicians of our time, and the special friendship he shared with Andrew Love, the other half of the Horns. Wayne gives the credit to God, whom he believes has directed his path all these years. “I know he’s real.”

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Expressions of Faith: Rejoice! a meditation

February 8, 2012 in Expressions of Faith, Featured Rotator by Karen Pulfer Focht

Rejoice; a meditation. This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. Psalms 118:24. These horses at Shelby Farms are the backdrop for reflection on the scripture.

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Expressions of Faith: Music is a Prayer

January 21, 2012 in Expressions of Faith, Featured Rotator by Karen Pulfer Focht

After Hurricane Katrina Bob Sunda was put off the river boat he worked on at the cobblestones in downtown Memphis and given $200. He found gigs in and around town before he becoming a teacher at Rhodes College and settling into playing for a church in Nesbit, Mississippi. Here, he speaks about how all music is a prayer and sings his interpretation of “Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus.”

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